In relation to rudder posts, do some of you agree that this can be an actual weak spot for a downeasthull.
We all love the keel because it protects the actual running gear right, in a sense. What though if that running gear becomes a danger to the hull itself. The only reason I know about this subject matter is we had a cracked rudder post, then I ended up replacing it with Ron Thomas, what a great guy to talk to on the phone.
So when you are running what is the first piece of hull that would hit during a grounding? It is that very end of the keel that is not supported by the hull under the prop right? We'll that acts like a cantilever and pops your rudder up against the bottom of the hull.
Depending what your rudder post looks like two things can roughly happen. What happened to the boat I was on, that rudder post, the bushing actually extended past the bottom of the hull, so that got punched up and through, the brass plate on the bottom cracked even though we made it through the rest of the year without even noticing it.
So talking to Ron about all of this we talked about the debate of having that rudder post extend past the hull to offer more support and vs. the danger of running aground. I believe we opted to have it flush with the hull. I know there were some other major points that went into that decision but I do not remember them. I think the fact that we may have had a high speed boat in a sense, how that would be our primary impact point, etc.
This sound familiar to anyone, agreements, disagreements?